Child-friendly space helps protect Earthquake survivors

Over 100 young voices rise in harmony to assert a common sentiment. “Sa ki pa nan espas n’ap voye yo ale,” they sing in Haitian Creole. “Those who do not fit in this space should be away from this place.”

At Place St. Pierre, underneath the hills of Port-au-Prince, a large group of children are asserting their need for a safe and protective environment in the aftermath of the 12 January earthquake here.

To meet that need, UNICEF along with one of its partners, the Haiti Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Initiative (known by its French acronym, IDEJEN), have created a haven for children next to the Police Commissioner’s Office in this devastated area of the Haitian capital.

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